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Parks Department: Obey guidelines or more facilities could close

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is reminding the public about the closures of most of its facilities to promote social distancing and prevent additional spread of the COVID-19 virus. Currently Open: • All 87 Fort Wayne parks: general park grounds and trails are ...

Easterseals Arc, RISE Inc. plan merger

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana and RISE Inc. have begun proceedings to merge the two disability services organizations, with a goal of completing the merger by the end of May. Each agency has more than 55 years of history supporting individuals with disabilities as they live, learn, work ...

Church to hold Eucharistic procession Easter Sunday

With the permission of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and with the guidance of the Allen County and state departments of health, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will lead a Eucharistic procession through its neighborhood on Easter Sunday, April 11, ...

State issues stricter guidelines for religious services

Just days before Easter, Gov. Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, have issued stricter guidance for places of worship in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Holcomb’s executive order 20-18 states all public and private gatherings, including religious and ...

UPDATED: Churches encouraged to ring bells Easter Sunday

The Allen County Commissioners and the New Allen Alliance are asking residents, churches and community groups to participate in the ringing of the bells at noon on this Easter Sunday. Given that residents will be modifying their Easter celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 Crisis, the ...

First-time unemployment claims dropped last week

First-time unemployment insurance claims in Allen County dropped last week despite the lingering economic impact of COVID-19. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Allen County had 6,848 first-time claims for the week ending April 3, compared to 9,950 the week before. ...

Police looking for men following two recent robberies

Fort Wayne Police are seeking the public's help in locating two men in connection with recent holdups. The first is sought following the March 31 armed robbery of an individual at the Marathon gas station at 422 Spring St. There was a loss reported and no one was injured. The second is ...

Health officials: When in public, use face masks

The Allen County Department of Health is strongly recommending the community use cloth facial coverings in public until transmission of COVID-19 significantly slows. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently modified recommendations, advising cloth face coverings should ...

Residents urged to help with update of community plan

Mayor Tom Henry and the Allen County Commissioners are asking area residents to take part in the All In Allen comprehensive planning process by taking an online questionnaire. Input from residents will help update the community’s comprehensive plan, which is a blueprint to guide land use, ...

County COVID-19 deaths now at seven; total cases at 98

Another Allen County resident has died from COVID-19 and eight have tested positive, bringing the total to 98 cases and seven deaths Wednesday. Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found at the top of the department’s COVID-19 webpage at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19 ...

Fort Wayne to receive 20,000 masks from Chinese sister city

Fort Wayne has received 4,000 surgical masks from sister city Taizhou, China -- and can expect 16,000 more. Fort Wayne has enjoyed a sister city relationship with Taizhou since 2012, and that city has assembled and shipped the masks to Fort Wayne in an effort to help medical professionals and ...

Officials outline help for most-vulnerable during COVID-19 crisis

Local government and several organizations working with the most vulnerable populations in the community today highlighted resources that are available to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County Commissioners Rich Beck, Therese Brown, and Nelson Peters were ...

New Haven extends City Hall closure until April 27

As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news, the city of New Haven is extending the closure of City Hall to the public until Monday, April 27. All essential personnel will continue to report to work. This includes public safety (Police/Fire/EMS) along with department heads, other senior staff ...

Allen County property tax bills mailed Thursday; due May 11

Allen County property tax bills will be mailed Thursday, April 9, accoring to County Treasurer William Royce. The due date for the first installment is Monday, May 11. Both the spring and fall remittance coupons are included in the bill; there will be no fall mailing. While the spring tax due ...

Pizza Hut donates food, cash, to ease pandemic’s impact

Locally owned and operated Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne restaurants will provide hundreds of free pizzas to local small businesses and grocery store neighbors. They also have donated more than $10,000 of produce to homeless shelters and food banks in their markets the last three weeks. “This is a ...